Established in 1952, The Moyer Institute of Dance is recognized throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley as a leader in dance education. Our studio caters to both the recreational dance student and the student seeking a preprofessional or precollegiate dance education.
*Please note that we are now exclusively at our main Sunbury location!
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Faculty and Staff:
Artistic Director/Owner/Master Teacher
I began my training at the age of three at The Moyer Institute of Dance with my mother Joan Moyer Clark. At nine years old I started traveling to New York City every summer to train with prestigious dance companies such as The Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, and Luigi’s First World Jazz Centre. I also took classes from and studied with Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Madame Swoboda, David Howard, Duncan Noble, and with Luigi himself. I was a scholarship recipient to the North Carolina School of the Arts where I studied for two years. At the age of 17, I auditioned for and was accepted into Alvin Ailey II, the junior company to Alvin Ailey. Due to a car accident, I unfortunately had to decline the invitation. After recuperating, I decided to move to Florida where I was offered a position to start a dance program at Daytona Beach Community College. I still wanted to perform, so I auditioned for and was accepted into a ballet company in Central Florida. Later, I moved to Tampa and started dancing at Busch Gardens. After my time in Florida, I moved back to Central Pennsylvania and opened a school in Mifflinburg and Middleburg. I still was not ready to give up performing, so I started dancing in Industrial Shows throughout the area and guest performed and choreographed for the Bucknell Dance Company. I also started coaching and choreographing for local gymnastics teams throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley and Allentown area. During my 20-year employment as Dance Coach and choreographer, I had the opportunity to coach Olympian Kip Simons. In 1996, I was one of 20 recipients in the country, and the only one from Pennsylvania, to be awarded a grant from USA Gymnastics to begin a rhythmic gymnastics program. In 1995, I joined forces with my mother Joan Moyer Clark at the Moyer Institute of Dance. From there I began teaching the pre-professional classes and I have been working as Assistant Director ever since. I am now the Artistic Director and Master Teacher at The Moyer Institute of Dance since my mother’s retirement in May of 2012. I have stayed current with my teaching techniques by attending summer dance programs with my students, going to conventions, and attending lectures and dance performances. I am currently on the faculty of Lycoming College in Williamsport where I teach Dance History and Beginner and Intermediate Dance. I am very proud to carry on the tradition of excellence at The Moyer Institute of Dance.
Competition Team Director/Choreographer/Guest Teacher
Sophie Moyer, originally from Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in NY & PA. Growing up, Sophie studied intensely at the Moyer Institute of Dance in ballet and jazz, as well as at summer intensives with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. Sophie went on to receive her BA in Dance with a double major in Sociology from The George Washington University, graduating in 2015 with honors in dance and with nominations for both choreography and performance excellence awards. Sophie has been on the faculty of numerous dance studios all over the East Coast. In 2012, she created the Competition Team at the Moyer Institute of Dance. Her students, trained by Kitty and Sophie, have gone on to win numerous overall awards & scholarships at dance competitions in PA, DC, and NYC. Sophie’s choreographic vision and attention to artistry is what sets the Moyer team apart. Currently, Sophie is on the faculty of Performing Arts Workshop NJ and Center Stage Dance Studio Stamford. She also works for Pure Barre NYC. Always a student of the art of dance and teaching, Sophie continues her training by attending classes, workshops, and intensives all over the US. Sophie’s classes focus on technique, strength, musicality, storytelling, self-confidence, and the development of a personal and unique voice to share through dance. Email Sophie at [email protected] if you are interested in joining the team! Open to all dance lovers age 5+
Joan Moyer Clark
Joan Moyer Clark retired in 2012 after 60-years of teaching. She started the Moyer Institute of Dance in 1952 when she moved from York, Pennsylvania to Sunbury at the age of 19. Joan started the studio at the Rescues Hose Company in Sunbury, and on the second floor of the 100F building on Market Street in Lewisburg. Then, in 1963, they built the beautiful Sunbury studio we still call home to today. The studio was Joan and Kitty’s home, where they lived and where they danced. Mrs. Moyer Clark also opened a second branch of the studio in Shamokin at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Joan educated and inspired thousands in her 60 years of teaching. The Moyer Institute of Dance has created a community & legacy for lovers of the art of dance. In the central Susquehanna Valley, you can bet everyone knows someone who learned to love dance at The Moyer Institute of Dance. She hopes that the students will keep the love of dance in their hearts and continue on with her daughter Kitty and granddaughter Sophie. Though the studio will not be the same without her, the show must go on, and we will continue to educate and inspire children in a way she would be proud of.
The quality of training received by our students is reflected in the rich array of accomplishments Moyer Institute of Dance alumni have achieved.
Jack Hertzog began his dance training at The Moyer Institute of Dance when he was 12 years old, and at age 18 he went on to study with the School of American Ballet. He went on to be a principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1967-1988, where he worked with Dame Alicia Markova, Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, and Anthony Tudor, dancing the leading roles in such opera ballets as Aida, Adriana Lecouvreur, Faust, La Gioconda, Samson et Dalila, and La Traviata. He now teaches ballet at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Danny Buraczeski founder of the original New York City-based JAZZDANCE, began his dancing career at The Moyer Institute of Dance. He then went on to a career on Broadway appearing in such musicals as Mame with Angela Lansbury and The Act with Liza Minnelli.
Peter DiBonaventura trained at the Moyer Institute of Dance from the time he was a small boy, up until he graduated from High School. From here he went on to dance with ABT’s junior company and with the New Jersey Ballet. He then was invited to be a principal dancer with the Cleveland Ballet. Most recently, he was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He now teaches at the New Jersey Ballet.
Connie Arter, Ralph Sayers, and Beth Carpenter were all longtime Moyer Institute of Dance students. They went went on to dance professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Wilkes-Barre Ballet, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Marina Gobins Walchli of Sunbury began her training at the Moyer Institute of Dance. While she was here, at 15, Marina won a 2-year scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Marina went on to be a college dance professor at Hobart and William Smith colleges. She is now Director of the Honors Tutorial Program in Dance at Ohio University.
Susan Mitchell was dancing with The Moyer Institute of Dance when she won a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governors School of the Arts. She then went on to dance with “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and The Broadway World Tour of “West Side Story”.
Diane Liggett Scott went on to dance on cruise ships from Hawaii to the Bahamas and worked in entertainment at Walt Disney World (WDW) for 10 years. While at WDW she appeared on television in “Santa Barbara”, hosted guest musicians with Magic Music Days, and danced as a backup dancer for pop singer Smokey Robinson. She is now a faculty member of Susquehanna University.
Ralph Anton Hoffman began his dance training with Joan Moyer Clark while he was studying at Bucknell University. Ralph went on to be a Broadway dancer and stage manager for the Washington National Ballet. He was also a longtime chief of Wolf Trap Farm Parks’ division of performing arts and was the artistic administrator of the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC.